Besiktas vs Braga
Date: Thursday, 24 October 2019
Kick-off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Vodafone Park (Istanbul).
Home advantage has not been working its charm for Besiktas in their recent clashes. With Braga showing no signs of slowing down, the hosts are likely to be deprived of all three points this week.
Besiktas vs Braga Head to head (h2h)
- The two sides met over two legs back in 2012, the last of which ended in a 1-0 win for Braga.
- Their only other clash saw Besiktas register a 2-0 victory.
Besiktas vs Braga Prediction
Abdullah Avci’s men have slumped to the bottom of the ladder in Group K, having admitted back to back defeats in their clashes so far. The squad lost by a 4-2 scorecard in their opening fixture with Slovan Bratislava on the road. While at home, Wolves took them out by a narrow 1-0 scoreline.
Besiktas have got off to a very slow start in their domestic campaign as well and are currently twelfth in a table of eighteen. The hosts have also picked up the win just once in their last five games in all competitions. On home soil, they have just two victories to boast of from their previous five.
Braga, on the other hand, are currently level on points with the table toppers. The visiting contingent are also on a much more solid form at the moment. And will be making the trip to Vodafone Park on the back of a three-match winning streak.
Furthermore, the Portuguese outfit have been putting nothing but their best foot forward in their recent outings. They have been recording back to back wins in their last four trips on the road as well, one of which was across Europe.
Taking into account that their previous visit to this venue also saw the guests secure the bragging rights, Braga are the favorites to emerge victorious in this one.
However, considering that two out of the previous four games for the hosts here have seen them salvage a point at the least, the safest punt would have to be a double chance.
Additionally, the visitors have not been shy in searching for early goals on the road. Four out of the last six goals for Braga away from home have come before the break. Taking into account that their last head to head clash here also witnessed Braga break the deadlock in the opening forty-five minutes, expect at least a goal or more by the end of the first half.
Besiktas vs Braga Betting tips
Double chance: Draw or Braga @ 1.44 (4/9)
Over 0.5 first-half goals @ 1.40 (2/5).